Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett Cabernet Merlot, Hawkes Bay
The lion’s share of Trinity Hill’s grapes comes from the Gimblett Gravels region, in the lee of Roy’s Hill. The gravelly soils were left behind by the Ngaruroro River as it changed course over time. The low fertility soils offer little kindness to the vines, forcing them to work and work to produce small crops of great flavour and aromatic concentration.
"From an excellent vintage, this is impressively fruited and expressed on the nose showing cassis, blueberry, almond, black olive and violet aromas with a hint of cedar complexity. The palate is concentrated and richly fruited, and delivers stunning fruit intensity backed by fine, chalky tannins. The wine is wonderfully composed and structured."
95 points, Sam Kim, August 2017.
"Even, very dark ruby-red colour with black hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with well-concentrated, intense and tightly bound aromas of ripe blackcurrants and redcurrants, with notes of cassis, black plums, spice and iron-earth, and a little pencilly oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is fine in proportion with taut, concentrated and intense fruit flavours of ripe blackcurrants, redcurrants, blackberries and notes of cassis, revealing dark plum, spice, herb and oak notes. The fruit is sweet, rich and lusciously plush, but balanced by fine-grained tannin structure and grip, with fresh acidity lending vibrancy. The wine has textural linearity and carries to a sustained, sweet-fruited finish. This is a beautifully sweet and rich, elegantly presented Bordeaux-varietal blend wine fine-grained structure, vibrancy, and length."
19 points, Raymond Chan, August 2017.
"A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Rich, dense, smooth-textured red with a medley of dark berry, plum, spice and subtle floral flavours. An appealing and accessible wine with cellaring potential."
94 points, Bob Campbell MW, June 2017.
"This has a sense of class to it and a raw, fresh power that really impresses. The wine is concentrated and poised. All manner of red to blue to purple and darker shades of fruit roll through that palate. There’s a density to the very fine tannins that reflects the season and the quality of work in vineyard and winery."
93 points, James Suckling, November 2017.